With the 2014 North American International Auto Show just around the corner, Audi previews its one of the most interesting concepts. The show car is dubbed Audi AllRoad Shooting Brake and is a concept crossover that is not only sport and compact but also versatile in nature.
It is based on the e-tron quattro configuration, a new form which equips Audi’s all wheel drive system and a hybrid powertrain which is powerful and efficient at the same time. This is the first time Audi has combined quattro and e-tron languages together.
“The show car combines sex appeal, highly efficient e-tron-quattro technology that produces 300 kW of power yet only consumes 1.9 l/100 km (123.80 US mpg) of fuel and cutting-edge electronic applications,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of AUDI AG, Technical Development. “We are offering very concrete glimpses of the near future in this show car.”
The body of the concept crossover boasts a muscular design with crisp features all along the length. Proportion wise the concept is 4.20 meters (13.78 ft) long, 1.85 meters (6.07 ft) wide and 1.41 meters (4.63 ft) tall, and has a 2.51 meters (8.23 ft) long wheelbase. Highlights of the exterior include signature hexagonal single-frame grille with quattro logo on the lower half, matrix LED technology dual headlights, large air intakes at the front, short overhangs, low roof line, dark gray rub strips, large lightweight rims made of CFRP, an aluminium underbody, sleek tail lights, diffuser, two large exhaust tailpipes and more.
Moving on to the cabin of the Shooting Brake concept, it feels young, sporty and plush, all at the same time. It can seat four passengers at once on a set of sport seats featuring highly contoured lateral panels and integrated head restraints. The cabin uses a combination of Alcantara, various qualities of leather, and bright and dark aluminum inserts.
Innovative it is, the center console travels with the driver’s seat ensuring the controls are at an optimal distance to the driver. Features wise the cockpit flaunts a new design MMI, the e-S tronic (shift-by-wire), 12.3 inch screen TFT display with 3D graphics, navigation system, the Audi phone box and a lot more.
Moving ahead, the concept crossover features a plug-in hybrid drive that produces an output of 300 kW (408 hp) and peak torque of 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft). With a weight of 1600 kg (excluding the driver) the car can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250 km/h.The hybrid drive consumes 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 km and emits 45 g CO2 per km. The car’s total driving range is up to 820 km.
The drivetrain comprises of a TFSI petrol engine and a disc-shaped electric motor. The internal combustion engine produces 215 kW (292 hp) of power and generates 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque, while the electric unit 40 kW of power and 270 Nm (199.14 lb-ft) of torque. All that power is then transferred to the six-speed e-S tronic transmission which further sends it to the front wheels.
A secondary electric motor is mounted on the rear axle which delivers its maximum power of 85 kW and 270 Nm (199.14 lb-ft) of torque when the car is moving at low speeds.